I've been enjoying riding this sew-up adorned Della Santa for awhile now even if I find myself a bit paranoid about riding tubulars. I've taken precautions putting some Stan's sealant into them and it is wonderful how smooth they are on the road. There is a gliding feeling to them that just hums along and is only rivaled, but not matched, by the really supple clincher tires that Compass makes. In a region that has goatheads it can be a gamble to be riding on these in early to mid fall before some rain and snow has swept the thorns off of the road. I'm probably jinxing myself having not had a flat with these yet but I will be curious how that Stan's/sewup combo works out when I do get a goathead.
The other night I attended the unveiling of the first Jake Barrett bicycle at The Dropout Bike Shop for the Reno Rambler Cycling Club. Built by Jake for his dad as a birthday present, it's a stunner. Just what you'd expect from Barrett and not surprising since he has been working with Roland Della Santa for the last few years honing his skills as a framebuilder. I'll let the pictures do the talking but it's hard not to fall in love with the details, the build, the paint, and those pretty lugs. Just some nice touches all around.
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